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Sunday Book Thread | Main | Mitch Daniels: I'm Not Running For President
May 22, 2011

Obama At AIPAC

Basically a lot of, "What was the big deal about Thursday?"

He just said that there was nothing particularly original in his proposals. This must have hurt President Unprecedented.

He's basically slapping Bibi back.

Very interesting.

There was a lot of confusion on Thursday about whether Obama's reference to "67 borders with mutually agreed upon swaps" was news or not. A lot of pro-Israel folks on Twitter (but granted not all) didn't seem to think it was a big deal at the time. I think two things played into the reaction.

One, the left, led by the New York Times, played this is up as a big change and that an American President was finally standing up to Israel.

Second, the language choices Obama made and the fact that no one doubts in his heart of hearts Obama would throw Israel under the bus if he could. The fact is, Presidents don't always have full freedom of action. It's like there are checks and balances or something (thank God).

Now, he's walked back or clarified his stance (depending on your point of view). The anti-Israeli left will say "the Jews got to him". Many on the right will say, "Bibi got him".

I think the fact is, reality got him.

Obama is simply doing what many other Presidents (Carter, Bush, Clinton and even G.W. Bush gave it a shot) have done...try and build a legacy by solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He'll fail just like the rest simply because the Palestinians don't want to solve it by any means other than the destruction of Israel. Until that changes, this will always be a Siren's Song that winds up with everyone crashing on the rocks.

Just a reminder...Obama has a history of flip-flopping and pandering on this stuff in front of AIPAC.

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posted by DrewM. at 11:17 AM

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